Dear Members of Congress,
We write to demand that you take immediate action to support proven strategies that will reduce gun violence in communities of color.
We are people impacted by gun violence. We are leaders from across America working to build safe and just communities free from gun violence.
We represent community leaders, families, students, educators, and the more than 100,000 Americans that are killed or injured by guns every year.
We see the impact that gun violence can have on our communities, and we also know the opportunities that exist to empower people of color that far too often get ignored.
We are standing together to empower our loved ones closest to the pain of everyday gun violence and holding you accountable to take action.
We are asking that you work with survivors and those directly impacted by gun violence to support the work they have already done and are doing to lead this fight.
We urge you to immediately:
Allocate funds through legislation to support proven strategies and implement community-led offices of gun violence prevention, such as Ceasefire
Create administrative and non-legislative fixes to support local programs to end gun violence in communities of color
Support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
Treat gun violence as a public health crisis and partner with survivors of gun violence and other credible messengers
Reject any policies that will lead to mass incarceration or criminalization of communities of color under the guise of gun violence reduction
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